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In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio Lawmaker Suggests Using Confiscated Fentanyl For Executions

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The refusal of pharmaceutical companies to sell the state drugs to use in executions has capital punishment at a virtual standstill in Ohio. A state lawmaker said he has a possible solution. Ohio’s next execution is set for November, and one in December. But they’re very unlikely to go forward because the state is still… Read More

DeWine Fighting Comparisons Of His Plan To Kasich’s “Red Flag” Proposal

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One of Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed gun law changes in the wake of the shooting that killed 10 people in Dayton is an idea that’s been talked about before, and has passed in 17 states – a way to remove guns from people who are thought to be dangerous to themselves or others. But DeWine is now… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Governor Vetoes Tax Break For Wealthy Taxpayers Added Late To Budget

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One of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 25 vetoes on the state budget struck a provision that was added at the last minute – a property tax reduction for certain homeowners in one wealthy school district, but not others. Hunting Valley is a village of 700 people just east of the outerbelt around Cleveland. It’s one of the wealthiest communities… Read More

Budget Creates St. Patrick’s Day Primary Over Democrats’ Objections

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The two year operating budget will move next year’s presidential primary to St. Patrick’s Day. Republicans had to move it to after March 15 so they could award all delegates to a single candidate. Republicans aren’t expected to have a competitive presidential primary, but Democrats are. They had complained St. Patrick’s Day parades and activities… Read More

A Planned Parenthood clinic on the west side of Columbus

Some Ohio Planned Parenthoods Are Getting Help To Serve Low-Income Women

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Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio is tapping into the national organization’s emergency funds to be able to provide birth control and other health care services to low income women. This move allows the organization to comply with a Trump administration order that bans federal dollars from going to clinics that refer clients for abortions. Planned… Read More

Still No Budget With Two Days Left Til 17-Day Extension Expires

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Budget talks between leaders of the House and Senate are being described as very positive with solid progress moving forward, but a deadline is coming Wednesday. Two sticking points appear to be the House’s drop in the income tax deduction many small businesses can take, and the Senate’s increase of the House’s income tax cuts. Sen. Dave Burke… Read More

Senate Passes Budget Unanimously For The First Time Since 2007

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For the first time in 12 years, a two-year state operating budget has passed the full Ohio Senate without a single “no” vote. That sends the $69 billion spending plan to a conference committee to work out conflicts with the House version of the spending plan. Finance Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) said children and… Read More

House Approves Treatment Instead of Conviction Bill

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The Ohio House has overwhelmingly passed a bill giving courts options to divert those charged with drug crimes away from prison and into treatment programs. The bill, labeled as House Bill 1 to indicate its priority, would expand access to programs for non-violent drug offenders for treatment instead of conviction or prison, and to allow for sealing… Read More

Final Senate Budget Unlikely To Include More Local Government Money

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The final version of the Ohio Senate’s budget is expected Wednesday. While there will certainly be some proposals added in, some things are unlikely to change – such as the money that goes to a fund that’s been decimated over the last eight years. The initial Senate budget cuts taxes by $700 million over two… Read More